Of Apples and Ice

The power went out sometime after 4 this morning, due to an ice storm. It got very quiet suddenly – no coal stove motor, no fridge, none of the fans that we keep running 24/7 to move the warm air through the house – very, very quiet. Which, of course, woke the child. Who had finally fallen asleep after 1 1/2 hours awake around midnight. The power came back on after an hour or two – but we are all yawning today!

I decide to have our neighbors over for dinner tonight, so I am making an apple pie. This is a very cozy activity for such a frozen day!

In my family, we have a tradition when making apple pie – we use the leftover pastry pieces to decorate the top of the pie. Since we’re having neighbors over, I did a little row of houses, which are similar to, but a bit cuter than our row of mobile homes in the park…

Here’s my grandma’s wonderful pastry recipe…
2c. flour
2 sticks butter
1 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. ice cold water
Blend four, salt, and butter with a pastry blender or two knives. When butter chunks are pea-sized, add water. Mix well and turn out onto a well floured surface. Makes dough for a full top and bottom for a pie, plus a little left over for decorations and maybe a small jam tart. ๐Ÿ™‚
For an apple pie, peel, core, and slice 6-8 apples to fill your pie dish. add
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. flour
1 c. sugar

Another bright spot in the day is observing the boy child reveling in his new discovery – his pockets. Maybe I took off his shirt so he could find them easier. Maybe we took it off cause it needed to visit the laundry!

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5 responses to “Of Apples and Ice”

  1. Natalie Roth Avatar
    Natalie Roth

    Our power went off about 5:30 this evening…I think they were getting a tree branch from yesterday off of the wires.

    Thankfully, supper was in the oven and almost done, and Dad put the green beans on the sideburner of the grill! ๐Ÿ™‚

    We were surprised it didn't go off last night, because it was pouring down rain and blowing like crazy! It flickered, but never went out.

    But then it's warm here, so it wouldn't be so bad if we didn't have heat, up there it's a little cold! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Will Avatar

    Our power flicked on and off last night as well but it was due to wind not ice. We actually had a tornado warning as well which was weird considering where we live… :p That picture of Jesse looking down at his hands in his pockets literally just made me laugh out loud.

  3. Martha Avatar

    It flicked a few times here last night, but never went off. We were all wishing it would so Sarah's mom would think the weather was bad enough to leave her here for another day. Because we made our request know, she isn't going home until tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yipee!

  4. abigail van buren Avatar
    abigail van buren

    I love that picture of the frozen grass! Did you take it?

  5. Olivia Avatar

    Hey our power went out too…for 18 hours. No joke and it wasn't very fun! Olivia

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